Megdalynn Fisher
O’Neill School of Public and Envrionmental Affairs
1315 E. Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
(678) 823-3128


Ph.D. PUBLIC AFFAIRS, 2024 expected

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affaris, Indiana University (IU), Bloomington, IN
Faculty profile


Marriott School of Business, Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, UT

B.S. Economics, 2017

Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University (UVU), Orem, UT

Advisor: Maritza Sotomayor

  • Capstone: “Global Food Prices and Utah Childhood Poverty Rates”



Research Experience


Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Kosali Simon, 2/2022 - PRESENT

  • Racial segregation and nursing homes
  • Use of antipsychotic medications in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and serious mental illness
  • Formal disruptions to care in the nursing facility market
  • Hospital price transparency
  • Medicaid expansion and the Health and Retirement Study
  • Patient sorting and provider characteristics
  • CARES Act relief funds

Seth Freedman and Victoria Perez, 8/2019 - 8/2021

  • Hospital advertising
    • Market concentration
    • End of life care
    • Healthcare quality
    • Section 340B drug pricing program

Jennifer Silva, 2/2022 - PRESENT

  • Narrative analysis
  • Assembly of qualitative patient interviews with electronic health records

Victoria Perez, 8/2019 - 8/2021

  • Medicaid Fraud Control Units and job turnover
  • COVID-19 and nursing home quality

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Mark Keith and Bill Taylor, 9/2017 - 5/2019

  • Healthcare Industry Research Center
    • Cost Transparency
    • Healthcare IT Vendors

Work Experience

DATA ANALYST, 5/2018 – 8/2019

Comagine Health, Murray, UT

  • Cleaned, analyzed, and utilized data to produce actionable reports supporting the Quality Payment Program, Total Cost of Care, and Health Innovation Improvement Network for this Quality Innovation Network/Quality Improvement Organization (QIN/QIO).
  • Performed and interpreted statistical analysis, creating data visualizations.
  • Researched and proposed analysis techniques for public transparency objectives.
  • Designed automated reports using Tableau, Excel, Access, SAS, and R Studio.

BOOKKEEPER, 8/2012 – 8/2017

Quickbooks Bookkeeping, Spanish Fork, UT

  • Accessed and organized information from various sources to provide monthly and annual financial statements as a self-employed bookkeeper.
  • Reduced bookkeeping time by 40% during exceptional company growth (revenues, assets, and cash flows increasing roughly 300%).

OFFICE MANAGER, 5/2012 – 8/2013

Anderson Wood Law, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Responsible for creating invoices, billing clients, filing documents, bookkeeping, and providing customer service.

Research Interests


Teaching Interests


  • Health Economics
  • Healthcare Services Delivery
  • Healthcare Finance

Economics and Statistics

  • Introduction, Principles, History
  • Contemporary Affairs
  • Public Policy, Econometrics
  • Development, Poverty

Public Affairs

  • Program Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Finance
  • Data and Quantitative Analysis

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

Service and leadership

Professional Memberships